Parading the Colors


Zorndorf, 25 August 1758: At a critical moment, King Frederick II of Prussia seizes the Liebfahne of Fusilier Regiment Nr. 46 (Duke von Württemberg) and personally leads his soldiers forward against the Russian right wing (painting by Carl Röchling, 1904). In this sanguinary battle, the bloodiest of the Seven Years War, Frederick lost 12,800 men—a third of his army—while the Russians lost 18,000 men. Frederick gained a narrow victory, but the stout resistance of the Russian Army and the heavy casualties shook him badly. "It's easier to kill these Russians than to make them admit defeat," he later remarked. For more information about the colors of Frederick the Great's infantry regiments, see this page.

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